Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (born Joseph Paul Zukauskas, Juozas Povilas Žukauskas, October 26, 1902 – August 17, 1994) was an American world heavyweight boxing champion.wikipedia
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Jack Sharkey (born Joseph Paul Zukauskas, Juozas Povilas Žukauskas, October 26, 1902 – August 17, 1994) was an American world heavyweight boxing champion.

Max Schmeling

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This victory earned him the opportunity to fight for the vacant world title against the German contender, Max Schmeling on June 12, 1930.
He became the first to win the heavyweight championship (at that time vacant) by disqualification in 1930, after opponent Jack Sharkey knocked him down with a low blow in the fourth round.

Harry Wills

He won an important fight in 1926 over black heavyweight contender Harry Wills, but his first big year was 1927, when he defeated former light heavyweight champ Mike McTigue in twelve rounds and Boston rival Jim Maloney in five.
Wills faced future heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey in 1926, and was being decisively beaten when he was disqualified.

Primo Carnera

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In October 1931, Sharkey defeated Italian heavyweight, Primo Carnera, and was then given another chance to fight for the title.
For his next fight, Carnera faced the world heavyweight champion, Jack Sharkey, on June 29, at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Queens, New York.

Tom Heeney

In 1928 Sharkey defeated heavyweight contender Tom Heeney and former light-heavyweight champion Jack Delaney.
After fighting Jack Sharkey, later a heavyweight world champion, in 1928 for the right to fight Tunney, on 26 July 1928, Heeney fought Gene Tunney at Yankee Stadium, New York City, for the world heavyweight championship title.

Tommy Loughran

A fight held in Yankee Stadium later that year, gave Sharkey the United States heavyweight title, when he knocked out former light-heavyweight champion Tommy Loughran.
Loughran fought many middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight champions in his career, including Gene Tunney, Jack Sharkey, and Georges Carpentier.

Jack Dempsey

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He took his ring name from his two idols, heavyweight contender Tom Sharkey and heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.
During a July 21, 1927 fight at Yankee Stadium, Dempsey knocked out future Heavyweight Champion Jack Sharkey in the seventh round.

Young Stribling

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Early in 1929, signed in a Tex Rickard promotion to fight Young Stribling in Miami, Sharkey and all involved suffered a scare when Rickard died unexpectedly.
Although he lost his championship bid in the fight against future world champion Jack Sharkey at Miami Beach in 1929, "Strib" at 23 had fought more professional rounds than any other fighter in history, had knocked out more opponents, and had compiled other records as well.

Joe Louis

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He took a year off, fought four mediocre fights, and then fought Joe Louis on August 18, 1936, losing by knockout in the third round.
Schmeling had won his title on a technicality when Jack Sharkey was disqualified after giving Schmeling a low blow in 1930.

Jack Delaney

In 1928 Sharkey defeated heavyweight contender Tom Heeney and former light-heavyweight champion Jack Delaney.
In his last big fight he was matched with future heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey.

Boston Garden

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Johnny Indrisano, Lou Brouillard, Ernie Schaaf, Al Mello, and Jack Sharkey were among the boxers who fought at the Boston Garden.

Madison Square Garden Bowl

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On June 21, 1932, at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island City, New York, Sharkey defeated Schmeling in a controversial split decision to win the championship.
Jack Sharkey and Primo Carnera also captured the heavyweight crown in the 1930s at the Madison Square Garden Bowl.

International Boxing Hall of Fame

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He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994 and died a few months later, on August 17, age 91, due to respiratory arrest.

King Levinsky

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Levinsky was a rated heavyweight whose biggest wins came against ex-heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey on a 10-round decision, and ex-lightheavyweight champion Tommy Loughran, also on a decision.

Tex Rickard

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Early in 1929, signed in a Tex Rickard promotion to fight Young Stribling in Miami, Sharkey and all involved suffered a scare when Rickard died unexpectedly.
On December 26, 1928, Rickard left New York for Miami Beach, Florida, where he was completing arrangements for a fight between Jack Sharkey and Young Stribling and attending the opening of the Miami Beach Kennel Club.

Fenway Park

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On June 25, 1936, former world heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey defeated Phil Brubaker in what would be his final career victory.

List of world heavyweight boxing champions

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George Godfrey (boxer born 1897)

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He was outpointed over 10 rounds by future champion Jack Sharkey in 1926, was also outpointed by contender Johnny Risko in 10 rounds in 1928, but outpointed Paolino Uzcudun in 1928.

Matthews Arena

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Boxing was once a mainstay at the arena and hosted bouts with Jack Sharkey, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Joe Louis and Marvin Hagler.

Mickey Walker (boxer)

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His debut as a Heavyweight on July 22 against former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Sharkey, ended with a fifteen-round draw (tie).

Phil Scott (boxer)

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- A technical knockout defeat by Jack Sharkey at Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, on 27 February 1930.

Binghamton, New York

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Sharkey was born the son of Lithuanian immigrants, in Binghamton, New York (his birth surname is sometimes given as Cukoschay), but moved to Boston, Massachusetts during his youth.

World War I

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Sources report little of his early life until, at the outset of World War I, teenaged Joseph repeatedly tried to enlist in the Navy.

Massachusetts

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By the time of his honorable discharge just short of a month later, he had won a second fight and was already earning write-ups in Massachusetts papers.

Tom Sharkey

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He took his ring name from his two idols, heavyweight contender Tom Sharkey and heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.